Assemblage sculptor Jeremy Mayer (who makes pieces out of deconstructed typewriters) teases us with a single shot of his latest piece: a chihuahua skeleton made from a disassembled, ancient writing-machine.
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Sculptor Jeremy Mayer writes, "This is my latest project- a portrait commission.
The client, Mark Pelzner, came to me with 3 typewriters bequeathed to him by his late father, Marvyn Pelzner. Mark wanted me to take those typewriters and make a likeness of his dad that would be mounted on a box which holds Marvyn's ashes.
There are some parts in the sculpture that came from other typewriters in my stash, but most of the parts are from Marvyn's typewriters. The eyes, for example, are made from his Smith Corona desktop, the shoulders from his Underwood portable, and parts of the head were from his desktop Underwood No. 5.
"Marvyn was an Optometrist in the San Francisco Bay Area who was a big San Francisco Giants fan and a doting grandfather.
Many thanks to the Pelzner family for coming to me to work on such a powerful and personal project. I feel very fortunate to have been entrusted to do this.
As usual, I made this using only typewriter parts- no solder, no glue, no welding, no armature."
Portrait of Marvyn A. Pelzner
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Jeremy Mayer, the titan of typewriter-part sculptures, has sacrificed some more old beasts for a good cause, producing this wonderful 9"x12"x15" skull.
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Love this typewriter-part fraidy cat from Jeremy Mayer, a real favorite around here. It's an older piece, dated 2000.
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Jeremy Mayer sez,
Here are a couple of photos of my latest typewriter component assemblage, Bust V (Grandfather).
The initial inspiration for the piece was that I wanted to create a self-portrait in my old age. I wanted to say something about aging, transition (particularly transition into new technology), and the place of the personal mechanical machine in modern society, all without making the piece look too "robotic". I wanted to convey a little human weakness, malaise, boredom, and pain, but with an underlying strength and pride.
With all of the news about the closing of the world's last manual typewriter assembly line, Godrej in India, and all of the buzz about typewriters in popular culture, I feel like this is a great statement about this moment. I sense a great deal of nervousness in general about the advance of technology and what that means for people who are unwilling or unable to move on to the next step. I feel like this piece speaks of that worry in many ways.
I'll be showing Bust V for the first time at Maker Faire this year, May 21-22, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bust V (Grandfather)
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This is the exquisite work of artists Jeremy Mayer, Benjamin Cowden, and Nemo Gould. The three are part of an incredibly-creative collective called Applied Kinetic Arts, formed several years ago to cultivate collaboration and awareness of artists who make work "incorporating motion, light, sound, and interactivity." Mayer, Cowden, and Gould are showing their work right now at 5 Claude Lane gallery in San Francisco. Above: Jeremy Mayer's "Bust IV." Below, Benjamin Cowden's "A Series of Arbitrary But Passionate Decisions" and Nemo Gould's "Albert." The show, titled Machinations, runs until August 21. I was honored that they invited me to moderate an artist discussion tomorrow (Tuesday, 8/3) from 6 to 8pm at the gallery. All of the pieces can also be viewed, but certainly not experienced, at the gallery's site.
From the exhibit description:
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Featuring the distinctive elements of re-use transformational sculpture while exploring human interaction and objectification. “Machinations,” is a cunning reference to the shifting and subjective definition of what constitutes art. A variety of kinetic based art will be on display–ranging from whimsical creatures and life size scupltures crafted from twisted metal bits, to interactive machines.
Sculptor Nemo Gould displays a collection of robotic creatures and small world-scapes crafted from salvaged material. Forgotten remnants of gadgets, broken tools, and other objects that were formerly cast aside, now have new life with Gould’s interactive installations. Citing inspiration from his love of science fiction and cartoons, Gould’s work playfully evokes child-like sentiments – all the while exploring ideas about sustainability, objectification, and the struggle for definition.
Brilliant assemblage sculptor Jeremy Mayer has put up a new gallery of his work, which transforms parts from old typewriters into exotic, fanciful and expressive humans and animals.
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Jeremy Mayer makes large sculptures of humans and fanciful creatures out of dismantled typewriters. These are just gorgeous.
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